Kevin Durant Mocks Reporter Who Doubts Kyrie Irving’s Impact on His Return: “Have You Watched Him Play? He’s a Master”

Published 12/30/2021, 11:26 PM EST
Dec 30, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) slaps hands with Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports


Kevin Durant is excited to have Kyrie Irving back in the Brooklyn Nets’ playing line up even though it’s only for the away games. Having been out of NBA basketball for so long, fans started to question whether Kyrie Irving will adjust to this new style of contributing.

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However, Durant has no doubt that Kyrie Irving will not at all be rusty when he is back. He is rather reassured that Irving will be exceptional when he returns. This is what he told the media after the Nets faces the 76ers in their last game.

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Kevin Durant is not worried about Kyrie Irving’s ability to adjust

A reporter asked him what he felt about Kyrie’s part-time return. Moreover, he specifically asked him what he felt about his ability to adjust to only playing half the games.

To which Durant said, “Have you watched him play? He’s a master. He can score 60 to 70% of his shots if you don’t guard him. He’s a high IQ player. It’s just a matter of him getting his legs up under him, his wind up under him. And for us you know, we’re going to run plays for him, we’re going to try to look for him. We play team basketball. He can adapt and do anything out there so we don’t worry about him.”

Dec 30, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts after a call during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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When will Kyrie Irving play his first game after last season?

After clearing all the Health and Safety protocols of the NBA, we expect Kyrie Irving to be back around January 5 or after. So, he might be back when the Nets face the Pacers. He might even come back later in the game against the Chicago Bulls.

Dec 1, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (right) walks court-side during the second half of the game between the Seton Hall Pirates and the Wagner Seahawks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The only away games that Kyrie will miss are the ones at Madison Square Garden and against Toronto. This is because New York and Canada still have a vaccine mandate in place.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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